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Acton, MA, 01720

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Kemp Harris & Friends
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Kemp Harris & Friends

Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14.

This summer his band was the featured act at Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square, sponsored by AirBNB. It was a captivating, soulful display of what Kemp does best — completely engage his audience from his first note to the last.

As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions. He has also composed for Phase One Contemporary Dance in Atlanta.

Kemp’s CD, “Sometimes In Bad Weather,” has been called a "thoughtful tapestry exploring the intersection of American roots music, jazz, and African folk influences." Kemp’s second CD, “Edenton,” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Holmes Brothers providing additional vocals.

Kemp also composed the ending credits soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man,” a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. The song “Stand Up, Rise Up” is the theme for Ralph Nader’s weekly talk show.

Check out Kemp’s new video here.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door

Order your tickets here.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

This is the second of our seven Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

Chris and Meredith will be serving a few small plates and snacks each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue — all transactions are digital and gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up Kickstand or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

September Theme: “Missed Opportunity”

Featured Tellers

Robin Golinski
Robin founded a company where she focuses on leadership, persuasion, sales training, relationship building, and character development which led her to strengthening her communication repertoire by training in improvisation, comedy and storytelling. She is an accomplished stand-up comedian, and is founder and producer of Boston Comedy Chicks, Boston’s only all-female comedy show. Robin also founded, produces, and emcees a monthly story slam in Boston.

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer from Littleton.  He started telling stories in public about six years ago when he ran out of relatives who hadn't heard that one before. He's won several story slams at the Moth and Massmouth, and he's been a featured speaker at WGBH's “Stories From the Stage.” And he counts himself blessed that he's occasionally invited to speak with much better tellers at great venues, like Fugitive Productions.

Don Picard
Don Picard is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

$10/online • $12/door
Order your tickets here.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Arlington or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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The Response in Maynard
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Response in Maynard

Modern retro rock

The band’s unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive atmospheric rock, rock/blues, improv, and world influences. With a nod to the classic era of the 70’s and a sound that is both new and yet familiar, they spin crafted lyrical tales that explore such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch.

The core of the band¹s music germinates through Jic Davis and the hypnotic sound of his “batar” (an electric guitar/bass hybrid instrument). Using a combination of tapping and strumming techniques, this instrument weaves a web of root-rumbling lows and sparkling highs. Vocalist Emilie Faucher fronts the band with authenticity, powerful poetic lyrics, and a magnetic open-hearted energy. Mac Ritchey brings an unusual instrument to the mix, the electric oud. This modern imagining of the ancient Arabic lute is routed through guitar pedals, effects, and a looping device, creating synthesizer-like textures and sonic atmospheres. Percussionist Jon Golden anchors the quintet with a rock steady groove and stylistic versatility, while guitarist George Middleton¹s melodic playing and colorful support are a perfect match for this song-driven ensemble.

When The Response performs, the audience can immediately feel their kinship emanating from the stage, a ­ truly infectious joy that gets you on your feet dancing.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
Order your tickets online.
Full bar.

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Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling in The Gallery at Villageworks in West Acton. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? You can fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

September Theme: “Missed Opportunity”

Featured Tellers

Rose Saia (Fugitive Stories co-founder)
Rose Saia won two Moth StorySLAMs and two Massmouth Story Slams in 2016, her first year as a storyteller. She has been a featured teller at WGBH, The Life is Good Kids Foundation, and The International Institute of Boston. She placed third in Boston’s 2017 Moth Grand Slam. She teaches “True Stories Told Live” workshops As a newcomer to the craft, Rose gets energized finding that common bond with an audience, but practices relaxation breathing to stop shaking before every event. Rose was one of the co-founders of Fugitive Stories.

Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Boston for nearly twenty years. Sara has an MFA in Choreography and Dance History from Smith College and was the Founder and Artistic Director of hoi polloi, a modern dance company based in Central Square for many years.  Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and recently performed on her first Moth MainStage production. She is co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and honored to be a featured teller with Fugitive Stories.

Bart Thompson
Bart Thompson has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).

$10/online • $12/door
Order your tickets here.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffeehouse, as you enter the venue, serves beverages and snacks until 6pm. Bring them on up!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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440 Gypsy Jazz Quartet
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

440 Gypsy Jazz Quartet

Combining the sounds of jazz and gypsy music, 440 expands on the tradition of gypsy jazz established by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, performing irresistible toe-tapping snappy arrangements of swing-era hot jazz standards as well as originals.

Tomoko Iwamoto started playing the violin at age six and soon became one of the most advanced students in her Suzuki studio. Later in life, Tomoko performed with groups representing styles from classical, to rock, to pop, to jazz, to world music — demonstrating a great sense of improvisation. She has provided arrangements and performed as a soloist with the Mood Swings Orchestra (jazz big band), and written many arrangements for the Newton All-City Orchestra. Tomoko continues to perform classical violin with the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Lexington Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, and the Woodvale String Quartet, just to name a few.

Mark Chenevert is a clarinet and tenor sax player with richly varied musical experience in alt-rock, jazz, Americana, classical, polka, cabaret, klezmer, second-line, and beyond. He has been a sought after side man in the Boston freelancing scene for years, performing with Willie Alexander, Chandler Travis, Doo-wop DeVille, Josh Lederman, Bertrand Laurence, Zoe Lewis, David Champagne, the Hot Tamale Brass Band, and others. Notable groups with which he performed in the past include Limbo Race, the Del Fuegos, and Hypnotic Clambake. Mark can be heard on dozens of recordings by these and other artists.

Sven Larson is a Boston-based acoustic bass and electric bass. Born in Ohio, Sven came to Boston in 1995 and began studying with bass virtuoso Steve Neil. Sven continued to learn, perform, and record in many genres, while becoming a popular performer on the local jazz and blues scene. He has played on many stages across the US, Canada, and Europe including Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the King Biscuit Festival, to name just a few. He has performed with Toni Lynn Washington, Charles Neville, Michelle Willson, Roses Pawn Shop, Albert Cummings, Nicole Nelson, and others.

Jack Soref is a guitarist who specializes in playing and teaching music in the style of Django Reinhardt. Jack has performed throughout the US as well as France, Canada, and Scotland. He began studying the guitar as a teen with Madison-based Jazz Mandolinist and guitarist Sims Delaney-Pothoff. In 2003, Jack moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. While living in Paris in 2011, Jack jammed with many talented musicians including the legendary guitarist Boulou Ferré and violinist Florin Niculescu. He can be seen regularly in the greater Boston area playing Django's music, with a myriad of local musicians.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Purchase your tickets here.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

This is the third of our seven Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more. Our first night was fabulous — great music, great food and drink, and a great audience.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

Chris and Meredith will be serving a few small plates and snacks each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue — all transactions are digital and gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Acoustic Roadshow & The Mike Payette Band
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Acoustic Roadshow & The Mike Payette Band

A little bit acoustic, a little bit Rock ’n’ Roll

Two great bands perform on one stage, both featuring local vocal phenom, Mike Payette. With a career spanning decades, Mike is a well-known and respected member of the Greater Boston music community. In addition to his years of live performance as a singer and bass player, Michael has sung on numerous radio and television ads in the Boston market. (Perhaps you can hum the “1-800-54-GIANT” or the “We’re the One for You New England, New England Telephone” jingles. If so, you learned them from Mike!)

“Acoustic Roadshow” plays acoustic versions of the harmony-rich songs many of us grew up with (The Beatles, CSNY, Steely Dan, The Beach Boys). “The Mike Payette Band” plays classic rock, funk, old-school pop, R&B (The Police, Toto, Journey, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers) — definitely dance-worthy.

Mike was a founding member of several sought-after function bands including “Moonglow,” a band he led for more than a decade.

In 2014, Mike was asked to premiere two as-then unknown songs written by Brad Delp — the former lead singer of the band “Boston” — at the Brad Delp Foundation Gala, “With a Little Help from His Friends.”

Joining him tonight are Chris Leadbetter (guitar, vocals), Daniel Webster (keyboards, vocals), Seth Botos (drums, vocals), and Brian Butler (percussion, vocals).

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
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Bar provided by True West.

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Fugitive Comedy Night
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Fugitive Comedy Night

Four Boston- and New York-based comics. Check out their bios below.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/door • $15/door
Order tickets online here.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 18

OUR HOST — MIKE DORVAL!

After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best.” Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.


OCTOBER’S HEADLINER — BENARI POULTEN

Benari Poulten is a comedian and writer currently living in NYC. He was an Emmy-nominated writer/producer for FS1’s Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and is a former senior producer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, as well as a Comedy Advisor for the Armed Services Arts Partnership. As a stand-up comic, he has played clubs across the country, from The Comedy Studio in Boston to The Improv in LA and he has toured nationally and internationally with the G.I.’s of Comedy, most recently doing shows in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe. He is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and is affectionately known as “G.I. Jew.”


FEATURING —TOOKY KAAVANAUGH

With razor sharp wit and a charm once described as “ineffable,” Tooky (rhymes with cookie) Kavanagh speaks her mind with honesty, charisma, and edge. Tooky has performed in New York, Denver, and all over New England. Her standup credits include Laugh Boston, Nick’s Comedy Stop, December 2018 Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio, The Rockwell Theater, The 2017 Women In Comedy Festival, Thunderfest 2017, The 2017 Boston Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Chicks, The 2017 Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The Producer’s Club, and Comic Sit-In at The Riot Theater. And she was selected to audition for the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. She can be seen regularly at venues such as The Comedy Studio, ImprovBoston, and Laugh Boston. (Also, she’s the one who described her own charm as “ineffable,” but it’s still true!)


FEATURING — SAM IKE

Sam Ike is a comedian from Boston. His unique stage presence and observations have made him loved by audiences nationally. He’s performed in comedy festivals including Limestone, SF Sketchfest, Big Sky, and the Second City/NBC Universal Breakout Festival in Chicago. He’s also been featured on NPR’s You’re the Expert, The Bechdel Cast on How Stuff Works Network, and The Check Spot on Sirius XM. Often, you can see Sam as the cohost of the popular weekly show, Cityside Comedy (or rewriting this bio).

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Dunham Shoe Factory
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dunham Shoe Factory

Dunham Shoe Factory rarely plays a room this size. Come and enjoy an intimate evening of world music, performed by masters while enjoying Orange Door's great bar and small plates.

DSF is a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions, featuring Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach, and Dave Haughey. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion, and cello, their music draws from a myriad of styles including Brazilian, Egyptian, Jazz, Turkish, Classical, and Indian music.

Individual members have performed in a variety of settings locally, nationally, and internationally over the past 25 years — two hold masters degrees in music performance; two have studied traditional Arabic and Turkish music; two have performed with the Paul Winter Consort; and all have spent time improvising in a variety of settings.

The result is a musical experience that is exuberant and soulful. One reviewer wrote, “The multicultural blend of instruments and compositions was fascinating. They are such outstanding musicians and creating the quartet was a joyful decision for us all.”

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Order your tickets online now.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Welcome to our Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

Chris and Meredith will be serving a few small plates and snacks each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue — all transactions are digital and gratuities are included in the menu price.

View Event →